10 September 2004|
Guild Hall, Preston
How Soon Is Now?The final date of this Northern Great Britain portion of the You Are The Quarry tour went down well. Morrissey was in a great mood and very talkative. Reviews were generally positive. Many fans made it on stage, occasionally with the help of the man himself. Over the length of the show a sweat-soaked shirt or two were thrown into the audience by Morrissey. "I Have Forgiven Jesus" and "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday" were replaced in the setlist by "Munich Air Disaster 1958" and "I'm Not Sorry".
As he came on stage Morrissey greeted the audience "Preston! Preston!" Shortly after he commented "This is a cosy little party... what a lovely building." At some point he mentioned an earlier visit to Preston: "I was here 31 years ago to see Roxy Music when they were still worth seeing... my God... I was only 4... you're all too young to remember, and I'm too old to forget..." He also asked if anyone had seen the Smiths play in Preston 18 years earlier and said that it was "...a night to forget!". That show had been aborted after just one song when Morrissey was hit in the eye by a drum stick thrown back on stage by someone in the audience.
The upcoming single "Let Me Kiss You" was introduced as "Let Me Snog You". Morrissey asked his fans to buy his newest album as they pushed their "wheelies" in their supermarket the next day. When he mentioned the latter album he actually called it "A Fate Worse Than Life". When people were chanting his name, or his hometown of Manchester, he asked "Are you trying to make me happy? Well, its a miracle, you've succeeded!"
At some point into the show, as Morrissey was trying to reach the extended hand of a fan, the latter shouted "We came all the way from Malta!", which prompted Morrissey to wittily reply "And I still can't reach you!" Someone else said he had traveled from Stretford to be there and Morrissey asked him "And your nose isn't bleeding?" To a fan who kept shouting "Play some Smiths songs!" he replied "Play some Smiths songs? Our imaginations are running riot tonight... shall I play somes Beatles as well? Or some Stones?"
At some point Morrissey wished happy birthday to someone named Jackie and asked someone else name Ken "Are you alright?". As tradition dictated, he also mentioned the name of his most dedicated fan: "Julia's out the back making the sandwiches." As this was the final date of this portion of the tour he thanked everyone, particularly the people who had traveled all over to see him, "...you know who you are, and I know who I am". He also said "We'd like to thank anybody who's turned up... anywhere, really. It wasn't taken for granted, believe me."
As the end of the concert was approaching Morrissey said "I said this in Blackpool, but try not to kill anyone on your way home. If you do have to kill someone, please, be selective." He wished the best for his fans "May God, or someone who knows him, always be with you."
An audience video recording filmed from the balcony is also out there (recorder: G.O'G.). This is not circulated much either, but then the quality is quite bad. The recorder kept having to move because of security.
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